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Take Me Out: A Play

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“A funny and troubling look at athletes and identity . . . Take Me Out is a dynamic, involving play.” Donald Lyons, New York Post

Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the champion New York Empires. An extraordinary athlete, he fills both his fans and his teammates with awe at his abilities and his presence on the field and off. When he makes the matter-of-fact announcement that hes gay, he throws his team into turmoil and confusion, while he also emboldens his closeted accountant, Mason Marzac, to come to terms with his own sexualityand to fully experience the pure joy of watching great athletes play a sport as well as it can be played. But Darrens announcement brings to the fore the confused and twisted hostilities of the Empires brilliantly talented but deeply racist and homophobic pitcher, Shane Mungittfrom whose rage tragic consequences ensue.

The American premiere of Take Me Out took place at the Public Theater in New York City in September 2002. It will move to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in February 2003.

Richard Greenberg is the author of The Dazzle, Everett Beekin and several other plays. He is an associate artist at the South Coast Repertory and a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. He lives in New York City.

Tony Award Winner

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Winner of the Drama Desk Award

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award

Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award

Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the champion New York Empires. An extraordinary athlete, he fills both his fans and his teammates with awe at his abilities and his presence on and off the field. When he makes the matter-of-fact announcement that he's gay, he throws his team into turmoil and confusion, while also emboldening his repressed business manager to come to terms with his own sexualityand to fully experience the pure joy of watching great athletes play a sport as well as it can be played. Most of all, however, Darren's announcement brings to the fore the confused and twisted hostilities of the Empires' brilliantly talented but deeply racist and homophobic pitcher, Shane Mungittfrom whose rage tragic consequences arise.

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

"Mr. Greenberg brings his gymnastic verbal skills to bear on the subject of the all-American pastime . . . An enchanting and enchanted take on baseball . . . [It is] the story of Darren Lemming, a god among baseball players and the star of a team called the Empires, who sets off a complicated chain of ultimately tragic events when he publicly announces that he is gay. This allows Mr. Greenberg to consider . . . big, big subjects like sexual and racial prejudice, moral responsibility, public versus personal identities and the inability of people to ever truly know one another."Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Extravagantly smart, touching and engrossing . . . An enormously enjoyable workas eloquently verbal as it is delightful [and] physical."Linda Winer, Newsday

"Exhilarating . . . Take Me Out marvelously demonstrates [that] the spirit can be lost and sometimes found."John Lahr, The New Yorker

"Mr. Greenberg brings his gymnastic verbal skills to bear on the subject of the all-American pastime . . . An enchanting and enchanted take on baseball . . . [It is] the story of Darren Lemming, a god among baseball players and the star of a team called the Empires, who sets off a complicated chain of ultimately tragic events when he publicly announces that he is gay. This allows Mr. Greenberg to consider . . . big, big subjects like sexual and racial prejudice, moral responsibility, public versus personal identities and the inability of people to ever truly know one another."Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"The first major play to grapple with homosexuality and its uneasy overlap in the world of professional baseball."Steven Drukman, American Theatre

"A funny and troubling look at athletes and identity . . . Take Me Out is a dynamic, involving play."New York Post

"Greenberg . . . intoxicates us with his words in the same way he's intoxicated by the game. [Take Me Out] achieves a lyrical power to match the beauty of . . . either a sublime piece of music or an exquisitely turned double play. Or both . . . Engaging and convincingly drawn."Charles Isherwood, Variety

"This terrific American tragic-comedy about baseball and bigotry engages heart, mind and nervous system in its disturbing grasp . . . What helps make Take Me Out so exciting and incisive is its ambition."Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard

"[A] brilliant comic paean to baseball . . . Take Me Out is the hands-down champion of the season."David Cote, Time Out New York

"A probing and briskly clever study of the emotional and psychological dynamics at play in human relationships, be they personal or vocational, romantic or platonic, gay or straight . . . Take Me Out is a show worth rooting for."Elysa Gardner, USA Today

Synopsis:

“A funny and troubling look at athletes and identity . . . Take Me Out is a dynamic, involving play.” —Donald Lyons, New York Post

Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the champion New York Empires. An extraordinary athlete, he fills both his fans and his teammates with awe at his abilities and his presence on the field and off. When he makes the matter-of-fact announcement that hes gay, he throws his team into turmoil and confusion, while he also emboldens his closeted accountant, Mason Marzac, to come to terms with his own sexuality—and to fully experience the pure joy of watching great athletes play a sport as well as it can be played. But Darrens announcement brings to the fore the confused and twisted hostilities of the Empires brilliantly talented but deeply racist and homophobic pitcher, Shane Mungitt—from whose rage tragic consequences ensue.

The American premiere of Take Me Out took place at the Public Theater in New York City in September 2002. It will move to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in February 2003.

About the Author

Richard Greenberg is the author of The Dazzle and several other plays. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571211180
Author:
Greenberg, Richard
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Homophobia
Subject:
Discrimination in sports
Subject:
Coming out
Subject:
Drama-American Anthology
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 37
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.1 x 5.5 x 0.4 in

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“A funny and troubling look at athletes and identity . . . Take Me Out is a dynamic, involving play.” —Donald Lyons, New York Post

Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the champion New York Empires. An extraordinary athlete, he fills both his fans and his teammates with awe at his abilities and his presence on the field and off. When he makes the matter-of-fact announcement that hes gay, he throws his team into turmoil and confusion, while he also emboldens his closeted accountant, Mason Marzac, to come to terms with his own sexuality—and to fully experience the pure joy of watching great athletes play a sport as well as it can be played. But Darrens announcement brings to the fore the confused and twisted hostilities of the Empires brilliantly talented but deeply racist and homophobic pitcher, Shane Mungitt—from whose rage tragic consequences ensue.

The American premiere of Take Me Out took place at the Public Theater in New York City in September 2002. It will move to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in February 2003.

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